Wednesday, December 2, 2009

What the FUCK!!!

What the FUCK!!!


What the FUCK!!!

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 06:56 AM PST

A friend of mine pointed out this youtube video to me. When I watched it I just sat there shocked to my core. I thought of writing about it and expressing how I felt but when I watched the video again I decided to let YOU be the writers of this Niamah!!! blogpost.

Watch the video and let us know what you feel.



This is our beloved country 52 years after independence from the colonists?

NIAMAH!!!


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Pengalaman Peserta Biro Tata Negara (BTN)

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 05:57 AM PST


Dalam ceramah ada juga mereka kata pasal hak bumiputra, bagi saya tak apa la sebab saya sudah tahu, tapi cara mereka menyampaikan message ada sedikit unsur provokasi. Contohnya mereka mengkaitkan keputusan pilihanraya 1999. Kerana keputusan itu banyak calon UMNO kalah dan banyak calon MIC dan MCA menang, oleh itu calon2 yang menang ingin buat perubanhan contohnya sistem pemilihan student masuk Universiti. Sebelum ini kuota tapi sekarang mereka mahu buat ikut keputusan. Orang yang kata perkara itu mengingatkan bahawa calon2 MCA dan MIC(orang bukan melayu) telah mengugat tempat orang Melayu.....


Perbincangan pengalaman kem BTN boleh dikongsi disini ataupun di facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=186580584197&topic=18191

Boikot BTN Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/BOYCOTT-BIRO-TATANEGARA/186580584197?v=wall


Pengalaman Xonos Tay


Satu perkara yang saya masih ingati adalah:

Ketika aktiviti malam, kami dikehendaki mendapatkan beberapa cop di beberapa "station", tapi untuk membuat demikian kami perlu menjaga beberapa benda contohnya balon dengan air, api lilin tak boleh padam dan sebagainya. Tapi barang2 tersebut bukan bagi dengan percuma, kami perlu tukar dengan barang macam sistem barter. Dan barang yang kami perlu tukar adalah kasut dan baju kalau Lelaki, dan Tudung kalau Perempuan...

Bayangkan kebanyakan perserta2 adalah terdiri daripada orang melayu dan waktu itu saya tertanya, bukan ke Perempuan Melayu perlu pakai tudung? (Walaupun ada yang tak) Napa sampai nak tukar tudung?

Akhirnya saya dan ahli kumpulan saya keluar dengan Laki tanpa baju, beberapa perempuan tanpa tudung, semua tanpa kasut. Walaupun luar sana jalan simen yang rata, cuaca tak sejuk dan perempuan kumpulan saya nasib baiknya pakai baju yang boleh cover kepala, tapi saya rasa ini sudah keterlaluan...

Dalam ceramah ada juga mereka kata pasal hak bumiputra, bagi saya tak apa la sebab saya sudah tahu, tapi cara mereka menyampaikan message ada sedikit unsur provokasi. Contohnya mereka mengkaitkan keputusan pilihanraya 1999. Kerana keputusan itu banyak calon UMNO kalah dan banyak calon MIC dan MCA menang, oleh itu calon2 yang menang ingin buat perubanhan contohnya sistem pemilihan student masuk Universiti. Sebelum ini kuota tapi sekarang mereka mahu buat ikut keputusan. Orang yang kata perkara itu mengingatkan bahawa calon2 MCA dan MIC(orang bukan melayu) telah mengugat tempat orang Melayu.

Ini saja yang saya boleh ingat kat Ceramah kerana waktu ceramah seperti yang lain saya tidur kerana penat... = ="""

Tapi semua peserta bukan Melayu termasuk saya pun bersetuju kepda fakta ini, kami memang rasa tidak senang hati terhadap cara penyampaian ceramah tersebut...

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Pengalaman Lim Kok Siang

Just for information.
I am not sure this seminar is the same seminar my friend's brother attend when he was studying in USM Kelantan.

He said he been attend the 5 days compulsory seminar before he graduate from USM Kelantan. He said every graduate student have to attend the seminar, if not they will not graduate.

He said basically the seminar try to brain waste everybody said that How good BN and how give free education to all of you especially chinese and indian. all about racist. More detail I am not very sure but I think still need you guys to find out or who been attend this.

Besides this. One week before 1st August 2009, my friend in Kuala Kangsar been appointed to attend a seminar organize by Bn Gov. My friend told me most of the school in Kuala Kangsar area have to send 4 to 5 teacher to attend the seminar. In the seminar basically have 3 topics,

1) ENGLISH TEACHING MATCH AND SCIENCE IS WRONG.
2) IMPORTANT OF ISA IN OUR COUNTRY??
3) TEOH BENG HOCK DEATH IS NOT RELATED TO RACIST ISSUE

So I am not sure why all the teacher have to attend that stupid talk and also why they have this kind of talk in all the small Kampung area???? What th BN try to do??? I am not sure who been attend this course before 1st August 2009???? please share as well..

This friend, she also been attend the BIRO TATANEGARA, she said the seminar is BULLSHIT~!!!!

Sorry if my sahring is not related with the BIRO TATANEGARA, but I think MALAYSIA BN BRAIN WASH COURSE or SEMINAR not only this, still have a lot that we cant see and we never know....



Pengalaman @婷@

第一次踏足浮罗交怡岛,没想到是为了公务员birotatanegara 的camp。这里有尽了天时地利的条件 (唉,可惜!我还在感叹自己不是旅人的身份),至于人和嘛。。。。。。就要看我们对kursus kenegaraan 有怎样的感知及抱着怎样的心态了。值得安慰的是,我还算蛮幸运地被分配到环境还算不错的sandy beach进行这五天四夜的camp。

老实说,从一开始我就认定这camp是不怀好意的。政府(birotatanegara 是在首相署 Jabatan Perdana Menteri 管辖之下)劳员伤财务必要所有公务员参与这样的爱国营以灌输一些似是而非的爱国意识(以图巩固当权者的利益和权威),并说白了以薪金升迁论威逼利诱我们服从。唉,我是不齿这些卑鄙的手段与动机,可却又无可奈何(窝囊地为了我未来的薪金着想啊!殊不知同时间我收到朋友邀请出席新纪元学院举办千载难逢国际性有关社会主义的研讨会,这更具意义,可我只能推却了),就带着先入为主的印象参与这所谓的"爱国营"。

在这"爱国营"的五天四夜里 ,我们须言听计从主办单位的安排。其中的一些讲座,不断地强调社会契约、保障公民权的jus soli、不可被挑战的宪法、尤其153 的土著特权、152 的国语地位、14的公民地位,3的回教地位,181皇室主权等等,并扭曲历史抹黑反对党暗指1969年的513是由反对党发起的种族暴动,抹黑华团的诉求是pelampau (偏激份子?!),除了抹黑反对党及诉求,还妖魔化美国及其背后的犹太复国主义(zionism),暗指现今的世界乱象(示威战乱等等)都被这所谓的犹太集团操弄,试图抹黑所谓的非政府组织尤其人权组织的居心叵测。殊不知,谁在玩弄种族宗教课题?!谁才是真正的居心叵测?!令我汗颜的是,其中之一的主讲人,也忘了他是那个部门的政府官员,只记得在介绍背景时,提及他是毕业自理科大学的政治科学系,天啊!这种人竟然是我的学长?还好我当年我所尊敬的教授没有一个像他那么心机重,那么思想狭隘,那么功利,怎么有那么大的落差啊?!对,还有一个蛮讽刺的现象,一朝天子一朝臣,现今首相大概得势不久了,忘了哪一位主讲人迫不及待见风驶舵在讲首相的"坏话",暗讽他是时候该下位了。

除了讲座,我们还被安排小组讨论 (Latihan Dalam Kumpulan),每个小组都有一个facilator(协调员)带领讨论,而faci们大概是受过心理学的基本训练,与我们玩起心理术来,小组讨论包括了一些人格测验(personality test),故弄玄虚的故事/课题,课题讨论/辩论等等。在这小组讨论中,我忍不住想拆穿种种假象,却怕自己没这本事。当提到内安法令时,我也提出种种质疑,并质疑Raja Petra被内安法令逮捕的合理性,同组的马来仁兄有一位有较高的政治意识,也提出了质疑为何不以煽动法令提控他,却援引内安法令逮捕呢?那位faci也不尽认同内安法令,但也为内安法令的存在说了一些好话,并"告知"我们,用内安法令逮捕人是有苦衷的,是要防范有人破坏国家安宁,而且在内安法令下被逮捕的人享有其他犯人所没有的福利,他们是舒服地(selesa)被关进甘文丁的牢狱,里面吃好住好,政府还会根据入狱前的收入来源补贴津贴,仿佛援引内安法令逮捕异议份子是一种仁慈的举动,掌权的强词夺理欲加之罪剥夺异议份子的自由人权却还表现得假仁慈,真是不可理喻。我们提出质疑后的当晚,另一回合的小组讨论继续进行时,我们的faci告知我们Raja Petra刚刚被释放的消息,原来事情真的有那么的巧合。

其实对于整个小组讨论,我并没有那么的厌恶,反而蛮欣慰我组的组员们有些是通情达理的人。我们对个人与家庭、国家、群族(bangsa)、宗教进行重要次序的先后排列以及对政治、经济、教育和社会这四个主干那一个最为重要的问题进行辩论,大家都辩的不亦乐乎,但却没有伤害彼此的互重。小组讨论进行了两天,有六、七回之多,大多数的时候,faci与我们讨论社会契约和宪法的课题。我不屑他从种族角度抹黑反对党挑战新经济政策,或宪法内保障土著特权的课题。我尽我所能提出见解说出这不该被制造成种族问题,贫富悬殊的问题在每个群族内都有,不是巫裔、华裔或印裔之间的问题,而是高上阶层和低下阶层的问题,这是阶级问题,不是种族问题。我试图想拆穿他玩弄种族课题挑拨离间,他也很谨慎地尊重我的意见。过后,我也感受到他渐渐露出狐狸尾巴妖魔化反对党领袖卖国求荣,私通国外zionism 组织,企图利用IMF (IMF被他喻作为大耳窿,我大开"耳"界)出卖国家,这种论述网络也盛传,他言之凿凿地提到犹太人的恐怖与犀利,仿佛世界上所有战争因他们而起,希特勒就是知道他们的阴谋,所以才会发动大屠杀,最后希特勒一家更是惨招犹太人下毒手杀害。唉哟,怎么跟我认知的不一样呢?希特勒不是自杀死的么?当我提出我的疑惑时,faci说希特勒自杀的说法是一种流传 (sebaran),哎哟哟,到底历史的真相是什么呢??faci 最后还"情深款款"地说他爱国家,不愿国家被人典当(digadai)掉,并设问我们是否愿意看到国家被人典当掉,并苦口婆心要我们好好维护国家,不要轻易让居心不良的人出卖国家。哇,这种心理战术,真有他的!

在整个小组讨论中,我最欣喜和欣慰的是认识了思想开通的组员(不分种族),还有一位思想前进革新的马来仁兄,小组会后,他也坦白小声地告诉我们他不会苟同 faci所言,甚至对他所言的东西左耳进右耳出。那是一位政治意识高的仁兄,现在是通讯发达的时代,这为仁兄平时有关切国事,懂得独立分析分辨是非善恶,他甚至还跟我解说IMF不是faci说的那么一回事( IMF 有固定的系统程序,大耳窿之说是胡说)。后来,我在想,在这样一个隐喻洗脑的营里,真正能独立思考有政治意识的人占有多少比例呢?或许我也只不过是幸运,自己有点政治意识,所遇到的人刚巧也是有点政治意识,我们都能坚守自己的原则立场,所以没让有居心者得逞。

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在这五天四夜的营里,我最厌恶的是最后一晚当局播放给我们看的片段,他们的心机重得很,剪剪连连一些风马牛不相及世界各地的战乱恶心片段,硬把它联系成反对党的伎俩,妖魔化一些社会运动,包括bersih 及 hindraf 的集会,从中要我们感恩现有的和平,我极讨厌这样的伪善,他们的手段真有够卑鄙!可是,有多少人会与我有同感呢?我没有把握,我只怕大多数的人接受当局所灌输的买它的帐,那么,他们就真的得逞了!

还有,最后一天的考试,都是在歌颂政府的用心良苦,什么反贪啦,Islam Hadhari 啦,还要按着良心认同施恩论,在公民地位上,我们是terhutang budi 的, 这种"奴颜婢膝",感觉真糟!!

每个人的经验和感知能力都不尽相同,这只是我参与birotatanegara camp 后的所思所想,若有雷同,也许是巧合;若有不同,欢迎分享。所有的是是非非,请自行以智慧判断,这只供参考。

http://cforum4.cari.com.my/viewthread.php?tid=1417956&highlight=tata



PART 1 Najib to anwar you are finish “The judge tried to buttress the evidence.SHAFEE ABDULLAH: FIXING ANWAR IBRAHIM

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 08:04 AM PST






When someone does you wrong,  forgive but don't forget, says the old homily. The point being that you forgive the wrongdoer (after all, you yourself might have earlier  wronged that person, or someone else) but you should not forget the wrong, to ensure that it does not inflict you again.When a society opts to follow the law of the jungle – by definition – the man ceases to be a man and becomes instead an animal. We have good knowledge of our rights and scant regard to our responsibilities towards others. We take pride in pulling a 'fast one' on others, we revel in cheating, we keep our house clean and streets dirty. A country is not just political boundaries within which her people are confined – for those boundaries can change. A country is what her citizens are. Forget the constant brain washing of shouting,ONE NAJIB MALAYSIA and instead introspect. This country has not been BEEN SAINT in recent past, nor is it likely to be in future: unless MALAYSIAN learn a bit of discipline.It is an irony that the very practice which Rais condemned as "uncultured and disrespectful of individual rights and democracy" was actually innovated by his party Umno when its members stomped on the photo of Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon last year. We didn't hear Rais condemning the action of the Umno members then, did we?

I am not at surprised by such a contradictory reaction, given the fact that such sheer hypocrisy is generally prevalent among many so-called leaders, including one who wrote a doctoral thesis condemning the ISA and then endorsing the oppressive legislation as an acceptable law.Malaysian politics has obviously degenerated into a shallow gutter type within the current poor squalid social environment where respect and honour for the dignity of persons have been flushed down the expedient drain of power game and while I am at it, I would also want to highlight the increasingly disturbing indifference and lack of indignation among our people on the deficiency of moral quality and integrity among our leaders, including religious ones.The lack of guilt and shame among the morally tainted and soiled leaders is perhaps one glaring example of how low our moral outlook has degenerated to.For example, leaders known to be corrupt, immoral and untrustworthy are allowed to continue to lead with the popular endorsement of the people.

The concept of "Competence, Accountability and Transparency" (CAT) initiated by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng should be adopted as a matter of government system as well as a private sector practice.

Until and unless we start arresting the moral decline in our country, the disintegration of our nation is inevitable.

Of all people to talk of "political consciousness inciting racial hatred and splitting people in the country". Just your 2 "achievements", threatening bloodshed with a keris and outright support for the cow head scums, will beat all others combined.

Hisham knows too well how to take advantage and exploit the method of instill hatred in people and divide and rule the community to Umno's benefits with the clandestine collaboration of his Umno colleagues . Just do not understanding his austere proclamation of such a theory without a tinge of compunction and regret that he is among the schemers.

We heard too often this double talk and double cross to portray his uprightness to veil the ultra and narrow minded agenda

In this welter of accusations and counter-accusations, the real truth of  racialist sluror of almost any other traumatic episode – is forgotten. And that truth is that MALAYSIA is a 'soft' state, and fundamentally susceptible to acts ofMISUSE AND ABUSE OF POWER and breakdowns of law and order.

Malaysia has often been described as a functioning anarchy. We are, by nature, an anarchic lot. And proud of it. If proof were needed, just look atTHE BARISON VVIPS  Make barisan own rules as you go along.

And this is true for everything we do.Disorder, disobedience of rules and norms – indeed, an openlydisplayed contempt of rules and norms – seem to be ingrained in us. We revel in being above the law, and boast about it

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said that there was a political consciousness inciting hatred and splitting the people in the country over the past seven months. Fortunately, the people were aware of it and were not affected.

He called on the people to abandon such a political trend that incites hatred. He promised that the government will treat all the people equally, regardless of skin colour, wealth and background.

The home minister's words are impressive. But what is hatred politics and who is inciting hatred politics? We must open our eyes and look carefully.

Hatred politics is always hidden under the cloak of racism to give it the moral high ground and political legitimacy. Those who advocate "my racial group is always right" have only their racial group in mind. They believe that they are right in everything related to recognition, unity and integration, while others are totally wrong. It applies to politics, culture, economy, education, as well as religion.

These people are unable to tolerate any difference. They love only those who are exactly the same like them. They will only treat those who are recognised by them in terms of culture, politics, education, economy and religion like brothers and sisters. Otherwise, those who are not in the same group with them should receive second-class treatment.

Hatred politics is terrible as many genocides in the history were triggered after politicians manipulated racial issues and stirred up racial hatred, which eventually led to massive tragedies. If a racial group always has hatred in mind, it will always be eager to seek revenge. As a result, it will bring harm to all.

Taiwanese political critic Wang Hsing-ching, who goes by the pseudonym Nanfang Shuo, wrote an article four years ago where he brought up the following points:

1. The inseparable "conspiracy political theory" and "hatred political theory" are indeed a tool that is very cheap and good to use.

2. "Conspiracy political theory" is a "delusive rhetoric" that is caused by "persecution mania". It is terrible because of the mentality of "whatever I do, it is always right". Once there is a conspiracy theory, it will become the question of taking stands. Under the priority of the stand taken by my people, I must stand beside them. Otherwise, I'll be considered as standing on "their evil" side.

3. As the twin of "conspiracy political theory", "hatred political theory" is a kind of group excision based on skin colour, racial group, region, class, gender or age. Once they find any contradiction, they will immediately cut it into two pieces and classify them as "you" and "me". Then, they will throw all the unwanted characteristics to the other side and keep all the benefits to themselves.

In Malaysia, isn't it true that "hatred" and "split" have been made "superb" too by politicians and bureaucrats? The contents of Biro Tata Negara (BTN) "look similar", the struggles between political parties "look exactly the same" while internal fights "appear indistinctly". There is no other reason, it is just because it is "a tool that is very cheap and good to use"! — mysinchew.com

Remembering  COW HEAD demolition will only make our internal social fabric weak by widening the distrust between muslims and  nonmuslims. Muslims in MALAYSIA should have just given away that structure to Hindus as a goodwill gesture as they were not using it anyways, they could have built bigger temple which they would use in a better way. Politicians played around and made a national issue of a complete non-issue. But anyways, the bottom line is, its in malaysia's interest that cowhead episode be forgotten and we lay the foundation of betterMALAYASIAN co-operation and try avoid giving politicians a chance to widen the gap we already have.

Remembering SODOMY ONE NOW SODOMY TWO and makes us realise how vulnerable we are as divided group of people.

The government has always failed us in protecting the law (even the constitution). Be it PERAK attack,

Very aptly said. As a nation collectively we don't demonstrate any "systems thinking". True many might attribute this to illiteracy, oppression etc., however being organized and teamwork is inimical to us and is not a natural preference. 50+ years of democracy is good enough empirical evidence to prove we get what We waste a lot of time on unproductive and negative things. If we want to change something in our system then we have to believe in doing good deed. One should write on the plight of the victims of these tragedies. Or how much money has been spent for the well being of these victims or their families. One should not highlight much the wrong doer or that bad event. So many wrong doer after doing the wrong deed when they come in the newspaper or TV for interview their purpose is solved to be in the limelight. We should avoid these things.we deserve and reflects who we are!!




we can make some money." I got very upset. Then he said, "Relax. Why don't you say that you brought some girls and boys for him."
Fernando: Did you provide limousine services to Dato' Seri Anwar?
Jamal: Yes, every time he visited Washington DC.
Fernando: Did you yourself drive these VIP's around?
Jamal: Yes.
Fernando: In September 1998 did you go to the Malaysian Embassy in Washington?
Jamal: Yes, I did.
Fernando: Did you meet a Malaysian diplomat by the name of Mustapha Ong?
Jamal: Yes.
Fernando: During that meeting what transpired?
Jamal: He asked me to go to New York for business.
Fernando: When?
Jamal: The following day, at 6.00 am.
Fernando: In your limousine?
Jamal: No, in my private car, a Cadillac.
Fernando: What transpired during the journey?
Jamal: We drove off and just before the Delaware Bridge, he asked me if Dato' Seri Anwar had made any sexual passes at me. I told him, "You must be joking!" Then he said, "You can make some money."
He told me, "If you can say that he made sexual advances at you, we can make some money." I got very upset. Then he said, "Relax. Why don't you say that you brought some girls and boys for him."
I said, "Look here Mr Ong, leave me alone; I don't care about Malaysia, I don't care about nobody right now. We are going to New York for business. Let's finish the business and I don't want to hear the subject no more!"
When we drove on New York, he tried to convince me further and in the meantime I was thinking to myself, do I know two Anwar Ibrahim? He (Ong) told me, "There is a videotape in Malaysia everybody by now knows Anwar Ibrahim from the videotape; why don't you say so."
I said if you have a videotape, why the heck do you want me for?" He replied, "So that the Americans will know too!
When we arrived in New York, I dropped him off at a diplomat's apartment. I think it was on the 13th street, East Side. The Malaysian diplomat came down holding a very small booklet and passed it on to Mustapha Ong and they were talking in Malay. I did not understand them. Ong put his hand on my shoulder, trying to convince me to spend the night there. I refused. I wanted to go back to Washington. Mustapha showed me the booklet and asked, "Why dont't you sign this and we can make up to US$ 200,000. Don't be crazy."
I said: "You are looking at the most crazy man in the world. That's me." And I told him: "You change the name from Jamal to Mustapha Ong and say that Anwar Ibrahim made sexual passes … made love to you. Say anything and you make the money!" I then said, "Have a good day!"
I left and went back to Washington DC … straight. Then I went to see the Malaysian Ambassador, one Dato' Dali.
I told Dato' Dali what transpired during the journey. He was very upset. He said, "Jamal, I assure you I have nothing to do with it. The Embassy has nothing to do with it." And he was very upset; I could see the fire on his face. He said, "You should have slapped him on the face." I said, "I should have done that."
He told me to forget the whole thing. Three months passed and the whole thing kept coming to my mind. I wanted to get if off my chest. I went to see one Sheikh Thahar, a friend of Dato' Seri Anwar.
He is the president of an Islamic University in Northern Virginia. Leaders from all over the world go to see him. He is a friend of Faruqi (a world-reknown Islamic scholar). I made three attempts to see him but was not successful. Then I made a phone call. I told him I wanted to see him. He said, "What for." I told him, with respect to Dato' Seri Anwar. "How fast can you come?" he said.
Subsequently I drove down from Washington and met him at 2 pm. I told him what happened. He told me, "Why don't you see the Malaysian Ambassador." I told him I had seen him (the Ambassador) three months previously. He said, "I will get in touch with you tomorrow". The next day, he phoned me and asked me if it was okay with me, I could make an affidavit before a lawyer about what happened.
Then I said to him, "What you want me to do, I will gladly do." I went with his son to see a lawyer and told the lawyer what happened and he wrote it down. The lawyer asked me if I was prepared to take a lie-detector test. I said, "If you want me to take a lie-detector test, I take a lie-detector test, if you want to put me to sleep I'll go to sleep."
Fernando: Did you sign an affidavit?
Jamal: Yes. Then I left.
Fernando: Then what happened?
Jamal: I think Sheikh Thahar got in touch with somebody in Malaysia subsequently. Then Sheikh Thahar asked me, "Are you willing to go to Malaysia if you can." I said, " I am willing, if I can." Sheikh Thahar thought I was afraid. I said, " I am not afraid of anyone. I have fear only for God."
Fernando: Did Sheikh Thahar say anything about religion?
Jamal: He said, "If you shut out the truth, you are the devil's brother!"
Fernando: Did Dato' Seri Anwar make any passes at you or sodomise you at any time?
Jamal: No sir, he did not, he never did and never will!
Fernando: So this man wanted you to fabricate this evidence, did he not?
Jamal: I think so.
Fernando: On the way to New York from Washington, did Ong ask you to meet anybody or propose to meet anybody?
Jamal: Yes, he did.
Fernando: What did he say to you?
Jamal: He asked me to meet somebody from Abdullah Badawi's staff so that I can collect the money but I refused.
Fernando: Why did he want you to see somebody from Abdullah Badawi's staff?
Jamal: I understood, by that, if I say what they wanted me to say, I will get the money.
Fernando then told the court that Anwar was placed in a most unusual situation where the defence had to prove his innocence instead of the prosecution having to prove his guilt.
THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Raja Petra Kamarudin
The burden of proof is on the prosecution but was shifted to the defence instead
An accused person is not required to prove his innocence. Instead, his accusers have to prove his guilt. In Anwar Ibrahim's case, however, he was placed in an unenviable position of having to prove his innocence.
Anwar was charged for 'committing sodomy one night, at 7.45pm, between 1 January 1993 and 31 March 1993'. Even with such a wide and vague charge, Anwar still managed to provide alibis for all those 90 days except one.
Yet, the judge still insisted that Anwar had not established his alibi. But the judge was not able to say which one of those 90 days Anwar's alibi had not been established.
"All an accused person has to do is to create reasonable doubt," said Christopher Fernando. "He does not have to prove anything or establish his defence beyond a reasonable doubt."
"He is not required to prove anything conclusively with respect to his defence of alibi. But the judge held he had to and the he had not proved it 'conclusively'."
"Conclusive proof is a standard even higher than beyond reasonable doubt."
Fernando then told the court that Anwar was placed in a most unusual situation where the defence had to prove his innocence instead of the prosecution having to prove his guilt.
"This is most unusual; alien to the law," argued Fernando
"All Dato' Seri Anwar had to do was to raise reasonable doubt."
"Between 4 February and 31 March 1993, Dato' Seri Anwar managed to establish his alibi, except for 19 February 1993, said the judge."
"There was no rebuttal at all by the prosecution to counter Dato' Seri Anwar's alibi."
"The prosecution failed to observe this very basic principle of law."
"Dato' Seri Anwar had to prove he was not in the Tivoli Villa in the 90 days between 1 January and 31 March 1993."
"Instead, it should have been the prosecution's task to prove that he was there."
The burden of proof was on the prosecution, argued Fernando. But in Anwar's case it was the other way around.
"In spite of the monumental task to prove Dato' Seri Anwar was not there (Tivoli Villa) the defence still managed to do so."
"Yet the judge still insisted the defence did not establish his alibi."
"But the judge did not say which one day over the 90 days the alibi was not established."
"From 1 January 1993 to 3 February 1993 the apartment was under renovation."
"So, from 4 February 1993 onwards, the alibi needs to be proven, and it was proven."
"Witnesses were brought to testify and documents submitted to support the alibi."
"The judge's mind was cluttered. He was very confused and could not see the wood for the trees."
"Tivoli Villa was not occupied. It had no furniture and was under renovation and the prosecution never rebutted this alibi."
"The prosecution said Sukma had free access to the apartment but this was never proven."
Azizan Abu Bakar had testified that he had been sodomised in the Tivoli Villa and that the act had taken place on a bed in a fully-furnished apartment, complete with carpets and all. He further testified that the act had taken place prior to 1993.
The defence, in turn, managed to prove that the apartment was under renovation from 1 January 1993 to 3 February 1993, and that from 4 February 1993 to 31 March 1993 Anwar was never in the apartment.
"The judge tried to buttress the evidence. He was trying to prop up a case that was so weak and unconvincing."
"He said Azizan's evidence is as strong as the Rock of Gibraltar."
"Preposterous is too mild a word to use."
"No judge in the history of this nation has gone this far to build up the credibility of a witness such as this – a witness who has no credibility whatsoever."
Fernando explained that if there is any benefit of the doubt, it should have been given to the accused, not the prosecution. Instead, it was the opposite in Dato' Seri Anwar's case.
"This is a basic fundamental principle of law."
"Azizan should have been impeached. This is not difficult as clearly he lied."
"If Azizan had been impeached, the hearing would have ended then and there as the entire trial hinged on Azizan's testimony."
Shafee Abdullah: Fixing Anwar Ibrahim and Finishing Off Raja Petra
SHAFEE ABDULLAH: FIXING ANWAR IBRAHIM
In this special police operations centre in Umno lawyer Shafee Abdullah's law firm is a whiteboard and on this whiteboard are two names: Anwar Ibrahim and Raja Petra Kamarudin. Below these two names are all sorts of notes, scribblings and etchings.
Very troubling reports have been published, which reveal the existence of a medical report of an examination done by a doctor on Mohd Saiful Bukhari bin Azlan a few hours before Saiful lodged a police report that he had been sodomised. The medical report apparently shows that there is no evidence that he had been sodomised by anyone.
Such reports raise some very serious questions that require immediate answers:
(1) Are the police in possession of such a medical report?
(2) Was the doctor concerned interviewed by the police and was he detained for any length of time?
(3) Is the doctor concerned facing any form of intimidation and, if so, by whom?
(4) Is there a medical report by another doctor that either confirms or contradicts the first medical report?
(5) If it is true that the medical report exists showing a lack of prima facie evidence, what then could have been the justification for the vigorous actions taken against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as well as the public call by the authorities for his DNA sample?
The answers to these questions are of paramount importance, as they bring into focus the integrity of our law enforcement system.
These latest disclosures regarding the investigations into the sodomy allegations are not the only ones to raise questions that need answering. There is, for example, also the issue of P. Balasubramaniam's abrupt "disappearance" that has yet to be satisfactorily explained. No one can deny that the circumstances of his first and second statutory declarations are highly unusual. All these show a pattern of events that cause much disquiet to right-thinking members of the public.
The Malaysian people are deeply troubled. A country that truly believes in the rule of law should not be faced with so many disturbing developments and unanswered questions.
The credibility of the Malaysian justice system as a whole is therefore at stake. The integrity of professionals, be they doctors or lawyers, must never be interfered with. The public must be left in no doubt that the criminal justice system in this country will not be misused or abused. There must be nothing less than an open and thorough investigation into these cases. This calls for the courage and professionalism of all those involved to do the right thing no matter the consequences. And those who have shown such courage and integrity must know that they live in a country where it is safe to do so.
Dato' Ambiga Sreenevasan
President
Malaysian Bar
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What Ambiga said in her press statement above is certainly true and she has cause for concern. But she would be even more concerned if she knows what we know about this whole matter.
A special police operations centre was set up some time ago to coordinate all activities related to the Anwar Ibrahim sodomy crisis. No, the special police operations centre was not set up AFTER the alleged sodomy act took place on 26 June 2008. It was set up way before 26 June 2008.
Why the need to set up a special police operations centre BEFORE the date of the alleged sodomy act? Are they clairvoyant and did they peep into their crystal ball and 'see' the crime happen before it actually happened? Was the special police operations centre set up so that they could solve the crime? Or was the special police operations centre set up BEFORE the date of the 'crime' so that they could invent the so-called crime?
Yes, questions and yet more questions. But this is not yet the icing on the cake. The icing on the cake is that this special police operations centre is not located in the police headquarters. It is located in the meeting room of the office of prominent Umno lawyer Shafee Abdullah who possesses a notorious reputation for fixing cases such as those involving the people implicated in murdering Altantuya Shaariibuu or those alleged to have pinched the bottoms of cigar girls in the Havana Club in Kuala Lumpur.
Name me any questionable case and you will find the hand of Shafee Abdullah behind that case. And this same person is coordinating the Anwar Ibrahim sodomy allegation from the meeting room of his law office in Kenny Hills.
There are four police officers headed by an officer name Aziz who are based in this special police operations centre in the meeting room of Shafee Abdullah's law firm. But why are they based in an Umno lawyer's office instead of in the police headquarters? Is this an official police operation or is this a rogue operation? Yes, we have watched many Hollywood movies about the CIA's Dirty Tricks Department. Have Shafee Abdullah and the Royal Malaysian Police also seen the same movie? It appears so because the special police operations centre in Umno lawyer Shafee Abdullah's law firm looks like a plot out of these movies.
In this special police operations centre in Umno lawyer Shafee Abdullah's law firm is a whiteboard and on this whiteboard are two names: Anwar Ibrahim and Raja Petra Kamarudin. Below these two names are all sorts of notes, scribblings and etchings. There are also charts and strategies on how both Anwar Ibrahim and Raja Petra Kamarudin can be implicated in various crimes and incarcerated until their teeth fall out of their gums.
Yes, the police report to Umno lawyer Shafee Abdullah. And Shafee Abdullah coordinates this special police operation with the IGP and AG. And the purpose of this special police operations centre in the meeting room of Umno lawyer Shafee Abdullah's law firm is to explore how to incarcerate Anwar Ibrahim and Raja Petra Kamarudin. And the special police operations centre has to be in Umno lawyer Shafee Abdullah's office and not in the police headquarters because, officially, the IGP and AG are not involved in the Anwar sodomy case, as announced by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Shafee Abdullah is no ordinary man. In fact, he is not even a man; he is a devil. But he is Malaysia's first and foremost sodomologist, a specialist in crimes of sodomy. And that is why the Pusrawi doctor's report was rejected. He is just a normal doctor, a GP, argued the government. The prognosis of a normal doctor can't be accepted as evidence in a sodomy case, never mind if he has been practicing medicine for two decades or more. They need the prognosis of a sodomy specialist, a sodomologist, and Shafee Abdullah is Malaysia's first and foremost sodomologist.
That is why Senior Assistant Commissioner (SAC) II Mohd Rodwan Mohd Yusof did not meet Saiful in the police station or at the police headquarters. The special police operations centre is not in the police station or at the police headquarters. It is in the meeting room of Umno lawyer Shafee Abdullah's law firm. So it would be dangerous to meet Saiful in this law firm lest someone finds out. That is why Rodwan met Saiful in room 619 of the Concorde Hotel.
Okay, so Rodwan met Saiful one day before the alleged crime took place. But then maybe Rodwan is clairvoyant or he has a crystal ball and he 'saw' that a crime of sodomy was going to take place the following day. Some people do have this gift of 'foresight'. Nevertheless, whether the timeline appears a bit out of sync or not, they still have the 'evidence' to work on to 'prove' that Anwar did sodomise Saiful the day AFTER Saiful met Rodwan in room 619 of the Concorde Hotel.
One such crucial evidence was supposed to be the doctor from Pusrawi's medical examination of Saiful at 2.00pm on Saturday, 28 June 2008. But then the doctor said that he had examined Saiful and found no evidence of sodomy. This report has since surfaced and the doctor has gone missing so, now, there is no way they can use this evidence.
The next evidence was supposed to be the second medical examination done at the Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) at 4.00pm on Saturday, 28 June 2008. But then the outpatient department of the HKL was closed at 4.00pm on Saturday, 28 June 2008. So how could a second medical examination have been done? Yes, that's right. No second medical examination was done and the doctors at the HKL refuse to doctor a medical report to say that the second medical examination had been done, when none had been done, or to say that they did find evidence of sodomy, when they did not.
Since none of the doctors at Pusrawi or HKL are cooperating with the police, the last piece of 'evidence' will have to be Saiful's underwear. Okay, Saiful's underwear does not really have Anwar's semen stains on it. But this is a small matter. As long as someone from the Chemistry Department is prepared to testify that they did examine Saiful's underwear and they did find Anwar's semen stains on it, then that would be good enough. They will be able to build their case against Anwar and charge him for sodomy based on this 'evidence' from the Chemistry Department.
No, the Chemistry Department has NOT come out with their report yet. There is no report from the Chemistry Department that says they found Anwar's semen stains on Saiful's underwear. This is because they first of all need Anwar's specimen so that they can plant it on the underwear and so that the Chemistry Department can then 'discover' it.
But Anwar is being bloody silly. He is being extremely pigheaded and stubborn. He refuses to hand over his specimen. How can they plant Anwar's semen on Saiful's underwear when Anwar refuses to let them take his specimen? The Chemistry Department can't prepare its report saying that it found Anwar's semen on Saiful's underwear until the police are able to plant it there. But Anwar does not want to voluntarily hand over his specimen so this plan is being upset a bit.
But never mind. As soon as Parliament convenes later this month they will rush through a new law that will make it mandatory for you to hand over your specimen if the police demands that you do so. Refusing to hand over your specimen when the police demand you do so will soon become a crime and you can be sent to jail. They will try to pass this law before Merdeka Day of 31 August 2008 and they will try to backdate the law and make it retrospective so that any 'crime' committed before the passing of this law will also be covered.
Soon they will get Anwar once the DNA Act becomes law and Anwar can no longer refuse to hand over his specimen. Then, once they have obtained Anwar's specimen, the Chemistry Department will be able to 'discover' it on Saiful's underwear. Then they will be able to arrest and charge Anwar. And, who knows, they might even be able to convict him as well.
Yes, this Shafee Abdullah the sodomologist is good. He has names, charts, notes, scribbling and etchings all over his whiteboard in the meeting room of his law firm. This meeting room has been the special police operations centre for quite a while now. It was set up long before the alleged sodomy crime took place on 26 June 2008. It was set up not to solve the sodomy crime. It was set up to create the crime.
But, thus far, they lack one very crucial piece of evidence. They lack Anwar's specimen that they need to plant on Saiful's underwear. But they will get it as soon as the new DNA Act becomes law and they can use this law to force Anwar to hand over his specimen. Then Anwar is finished and they can close down the special police operations centre in the meeting room of Umno lawyer Shafee Abdullah's law firm and once again use this meeting room for fixing legal cases.
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Lawyer: Abdul Razak Baginda 'is completely unimplicated'
Abdul Razak Baginda, a prominent political analyst, knew the murdered Mongolian model. His lawyer, Shafee Abdullah, said he wouldn't "go so far to say" that Abdul Razak had a relationship with Altantuya Shaariibuu, but would say that "he knows the lady."
He said he met his client Wednesday morning and heard his side of the story. "I am extremely relieved from my conversation … I am totally convinced of his innocence .. he is completely unimplicated." [Associated Press via International Herald Tribune]
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Anwar verdict puts Malaysia's justice system on trial
Report by Tim Lester
ABC Online; 14 April 1999
MAXINE MCKEW: Well, to our own region now and the most publicised trial in Malaysia's history ended today, with Anwar Ibrahim — the man once groomed to lead the nation — jailed for six years, after a judge found him guilty on four counts of corruption.
Asian leaders have joined human rights groups in denouncing the severity of the sentence. In Malaysia, there have been clashes between police and protesters in the wake of the judgment, suggesting widespread scepticism with the verdict. So, did the system succeed in catching a wayward politician, or did it dance to the tune of an opportunistic leader who wants a political enemy behind bars?
TIM LESTER: Conviction day for Anwar Ibrahim.
As his supporters took to the streets around Kuala Lumpur's High Court, few doubted the outcome of the marathon corruption trial. For seven months now, they've watched Anwar battle to keep alive his shot at the country's top job.
They've heard him say repeatedly the system was being used against him. Many Malaysians, perhaps most, believe it. They believe Anwar Ibrahim's conviction was orchestrated to suit the PM and several of his close colleagues.
BRUCE GALE: There is a feeling among a large number of Malaysians that the trial wasn't fair.
TIM LESTER: Singapore analyst Bruce Gale sees this perception — whether right or wrong — as a problem for the Mahathir Government.
BRUCE GALE: If you have large sections of the population believing that somehow the judiciary is not fair or impartial, then this is a very serious situation. It's an undermining of a major national institution.
GURBACHAN SINGH: We could have easily shown by irrefutable evidence the involvement of several top politicians to bring Anwar Ibrahim down politically.
TIM LESTER: Among Anwar's nine defence lawyers, there is deep frustration that many witnesses, documents, even tapes they had ready didn't make it to evidence, because the judge wouldn't allow them.
GURBACHAN SINGH: There was evidence of the involvement of the PM, as well, that he knew this process of political conspiracy was going on — he did nothing to stop it.
MAHATHIR MOHAMAD: I wish he hadn't done this and he should have succeeded me and everything would be fine.
TIM LESTER: Political conspiracy — it was Anwar's claim the moment Dr Mahathir dumped him as Deputy PM and his lawyers say it was vital to their defence of the four corruption charges. But Judge Augustine Paul ruled as irrelevant the suggestion that government ministers and officials cooked up the sex claims to ruin Anwar.
GURBACHAN SINGH: Most of the rulings where the judge could exercise discretion, went against us.
MUHAMMAD SHAFEE ABDULLAH: When the trial first started, I think at least for the first two months or three, there were often times, I thought, where the judge was giving a lot of leeway to the defence.
TIM LESTER: Former prosecutor Shafee Abdullah praises Judge Paul for refusing to hear Anwar's conspiracy argument in relation to the four corruption charges.
MUHAMMAD SHAFEE ABDULLAH: Whether or not he committed those sexual offences have got nothing to do with the present charges.
TIM LESTER: So was Anwar's trial fair?
Yes, says Shafee Abdullah. But even he admits Malaysians don't see it that way.
MUHAMMAD SHAFEE ABDULLAH: There are a lot of individuals out there who feel that the whole trial has gone completely bonkers. Many individuals think that Anwar did not receive a fair trial.
TIM LESTER: The damage from the trial goes beyond perceptions about Government influence over the judiciary to the police force.
MUHAMED AZMIN ALI: They hit me physically and they stripped me naked and asked me to dance in the room, with my hand handcuffed.
TIM LESTER: Anwar Ibrahim's private secretary of 11 years was among hundreds arrested at the height of anti-government protests last year. He's now making a disturbingly common claim in Kuala Lumpur — that police used brutality and humiliation in the hope of recruiting him as a witness against Anwar.
MUHAMED AZMIN ALI: Oh, yeah, they asked me to admit that I was sodomised by Anwar.
TIM LESTER: Three of five people cited in sex charges pending against Anwar have now withdrawn their claims and turned on police.
GURBACHAN SINGH: And they were picked up and forced — tortured by the police — to make allegations against Anwar, to admit to sodomy, which they repeatedly said never happened. And they've gone on affidavits, they've gone on statutory declarations to that effect.
TIM LESTER: Add in Anwar's black eye — Malaysia's highest-ranking officer at the time hit him while he was blindfolded and handcuffed. In the process of convicting Anwar, Malaysia's police have earned themselves an image crisis.
Among other claims that didn't make it to court — the Washington limousine driver who says a Malaysian embassy official asked him to accuse Anwar of sexual misconduct while visiting the US.
JAMAL AMRO: Then he asked me — he said "Relax". Then he told me, "Anwar — did you ever bring girls for him, or boys or anything like that?"
I said, "No".
He said "C'mon, if you say 'Yes', we can make some money".
TIM LESTER: Jamal says he was told he could make more than $250,000 by going along with the sex claims against the then Deputy PM. Public anger over Anwar's treatment has helped his wife, Wan Azizah, win backing for a new political party and an opposition alliance to fight Dr Mahathir at the next election.
MUHAMED AZMIN ALI: The hatred against the present leadership is swelling because they can not believe the manner they handled this issue against Anwar.
TIM LESTER: This trial and the events around it have thrown up challenges the Mahathir Government didn't anticipate. Now, there's the possibility of a united opposition at the next national election due within 12 months.
A powerful threat for Dr Mahathir, but it's still not likely. The groups Anwar's supporters need to bring together would make unusual partners.
BRUCE GALE: It seems extremely difficult for me to believe that post-election, that this alliance could hold. The policies of these parties are so diametrically opposed to one another. Islamic fundamentalists want an Islamic State. To the Chinese, this is an anathema — something they would never accept.
TIM LESTER: Many Malaysians don't like the way their government and judicial system dealt with Anwar Ibrahim. Today's verdict will only fuel their suspicions.
But Dr Mahathir is still in the middle ground of Malaysian politics. His enemies have a giant task — trying to bring together opposition parties into an alliance needed to capitalise on anti-government sentiment.
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Anwar Listed Among Top 100 Global Thinkers - By Debra Chong.

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 08:04 AM PST

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's many recent visits abroad appears to have paid off – the 62-year-old ranked No. 32 in the inaugural list of top thinkers that mattered most this year in the latest issue of the influential Foreign Policy magazine in the United States.

The Quran-quoting PKR adviser was among only 10 Asians on the list and is cited by the magazine for "challenging the Muslim world to embrace democracy."

Other prominent Asians include India's Rajendra Pachauri, ranked No. 5 for championing climate change; China's central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan (No. 9) who proposed to revamp the world finance system from relying on the US dollar; and Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi (No. 26) who was held up as a "living symbol of hope in a dark place" under Myanmar's military rule.

In its December issue, the magazine published excerpts of its interview with the Malaysian former deputy prime minister, touching on criticism that he is an "opportunistic politician", his six years in jail and his view promoting religious tolerance.

"You can't just erase a period of imperialism and colonialism. You can't erase the fault lines, the bad policies, the failed policies, the war in Iraq, and support for dictators. That, to me, is the reality," the magazine quoted Anwar in response to a question on Muslim nations and the West.

"But what is the problem? When you … apportion the blame only to the West or the United States. They want to deflect from the issue of repression, endemic corruption, and destruction of the institutions of governance," Anwar added.

The top three thinkers in the world, according to Foreign Policy are, in order: Ben Bernanke, US Federal Reserve chief "for staving off a new Great Depression"; US president Barack Obama "for reimagining America's role in the world"; and political scientist Zahra Rahnavard for spearheading "Iran's Green Revolution" against the incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who controversially won a second term in the presidential elections earlier this year.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


Communism, the false God that died!

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 08:01 AM PST


Kaypo Anak Sarawak is a Columnist  of  Hermit Hornbill at The Borneo Post Online , His article is  published  in The Borneo Post every Sunday. (Used by permission of the Author )

IN the past week, Berlin in Germany was the scene of joyous celebration commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the infamous Berlin Wall.

The Berlin Wall came to symbolise for the world the East West divide, and its collapse marked the end of communism in Eastern Europe, and a conclusion to the Cold War between the Soviet-led Warsaw pact Alliance and the Nato countries in Western Europe.

The Wall was not removed by any political leader, or any military force. It was removed by East and West Germans, brick by brick, with hands or chisels, at the tail end of spontaneous uprising against communist regimes all over Eastern Europe, in East Germany, the Soviet Union, Poland, Hungry, Czechoslovakia, Rumania, and the former Yugoslavia.

Communist East Germany was a vassal state of the Soviet Union, and the Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev could have sent in the tanks to quash the people's uprising, as the Soviet did to Czechoslovakia in 1967. However, Gorbachev decided against repressing the popular uprising, the Wall came down, and the communist regime folded, paving the way for reunification for East and West Germany.

Looking back 20 years later, the fall of the Berlin Wall was nothing less than a revolution in world history, one that is comparable to the storming of the Bastille in Paris back in 1789. It changed world history, and created a new world order, leaving the USA as the sole superpower in a new uni-polar world.

The Berlin Wall was erected in 1961 by the East German government to prevent the migration of East Germans to West Germany. Border guards would shoot on sight East Germans who tried to escape to West Berlin and freedom. The Wall came to symbolise for East Germans all that was bad about communism, such as material deprivation, political repression, thought control, and loss of personal liberty.

Young Sarawakians would have neither memory nor knowledge of communism. In Sarawak too, we used to suffer from an armed communist insurgency, which had its seed in the birth of the Sarawak Communist Party in the late 1950s.

Their aim was to free Sarawakians from British colonial rule, and to realise the kind of ideal society preached by Karl Marx, Lenin, and Mao Tse Dung.

More than a few of my friends in Kuching disappeared into the jungle to fight for their cause, and prior and after Merdeka in 1963, there were weekly radio reports of casualties on both sides, among the communists and the security forces.

If you want to find out more about that turbulent period of Sarawak history, do buy and read the book Rise and Fall of Communism in Sarawak 1940 to 1990 by Vernon L Porritt.

The Sarawak communists lost their war, and many of them have been 'rehabilitated' now. The next old man or old lady you meet on the streets of Kuching may very well be a former Communist 'terrorist'. Many of them have become successful capitalist Towkay to day! Excuse me for not naming names, as we all want to bury our painful past.

But communism was the vogue after World War II, and South East Asia was engulfed in revolutionary flames everywhere, including in Malaysia. Western powers like the UK and USA were weary of the Domino Effect, the expectation that the communist surge originating from China and the Soviet Union would quickly swallow up the entire Indochina, down to the Malayan Peninsula, and eventually to Indonesia.

This fear for the 'Domino Effect' had something to do with the hasty formation of Malaysia in 1963, as the British colonial government in Whitehall wanted to leave behind an anti-communist Malaysia to fend off the Red Menace.

All communist books were banned in Malaysia in those early days of course. It was not until I went to a university in North America that I began to read Karl Marx and Lenin as part of our course work.

I had to study in great detail Karl Marx' major works, including The Communist Manifesto 1848, and part of his magnum opus Das Capital. So I became quite familiar with the communist ideology, though I was never persuaded to their worldview.

Communism was born out of the misery of industrialising European society in the 19th century. According to Marx's analysis, the people who actually produced wealth are not the capitalists, but the workers.

But people with capital will always control what he called 'the means of production', the land, the factory, and the machinery needed for industries. In order to ensure they reap maximum profits, the capitalist class will always control the 'superstructure of state, the political, economic, and social institutions', so that they can control the working class.

Communism is the movement that organises and unites that working class, to overthrow the capitalist class, so as to wrestle back the power to appropriate the means of production — through armed revolution if necessary. As Marx used to say, "Political power comes from the barrel of a gun."

With their guns, communist revolutionaries took power in half the globe in the first half of the 20th century, in Russia and Eastern Europe, in China, Vietnam, Central Latin Americas, and Africa.

The trouble with communism is that there is no blue print for the ideal economic management. Their experiment with centrally planned economy, while banning private property ownership and private enterprise was a total failure everywhere. Even food was scarce.

Then again, the communist regimes often proved to be even more dictatorial than the capitalistic government that they replaced. They rule with an iron fist in the name of the 'dictatorship of the proletariat'. Dissidents were persecuted, imprisoned, or simply killed en masse. In comparison, the capitalist countries that preached and practised democracy were like paradise in the eyes of those people living under communist rule.

The perfect society that Marx dreamed about turned out to be the most massive nightmare on earth!

Today, there are very few communist countries left.

North Korea is still under very dictatorial rule, while the people suffer from political repression and hunger. Cuba is doing well, and could catapult into prosperity only if the US would lift their economic sanction. Vietnam is liberalising, and her economy is growing by leaps and bounds. China is a huge capitalist miracle, and remains communist in name only.

In retrospect, Marx was not entirely wrong, and his critique of capitalism remains valid on many fronts. But the practice of communism in politics has proven to be a complete failure, resulting in millions of ruined lives.

There is one reason why I never supported communism all these years.

I believe in peaceful way of resolving our political differences. From day one, communism has always advocated the legitimacy of the use of violent means towards achieving their political goal. It is amazing how many millions of reasonable people could subscribe to violent and bloody means of revolution to bring about change.

Perhaps to them, communism represented a kind of secular God. In the end, communism turned out to be a god that died, when the Berlin Wall collapsed at the hands of the ordinary people in 1989!

You would think that world peace would have prevailed after 1989 following the death of communist orthodoxy.

Unfortunately, the world has since remained a dangerous place to live in, with religious, ethnic, and territorial conflicts filling rivers with blood in many corners of the world. Now, we read and watch on TV the barbaric images of suicide bombers killing numerous innocent civilians — including women and children — in the name of God.

We hear holy-looking old men of God in turban and long white beard proclaiming death and repression on the other human beings. We hear them preaching hate instead of love, death instead of life.

Communism may have died a natural death, but the beast in the heart of the human species has not!

Make love, not war please!

(The writer can be reached at Bapakmiki@yahoo.com)

Posted in Alternatives, Human Right Tagged: Anak Sarawak Bangsa Malaysia, Human rights, Malaysia Politics, Sim Kwang Yang


UMNO REVEALS ITS TREACHEROUS INTENT

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 05:51 AM PST


Looking back in time and into what is recorded in history one cannot fail to the question as to what was the intention of our founding fathers in aspiring to attain independence from their colonial masters. It is a historical fact that the United National Malay Organisation(UMNO), the Malaysian Chinese Association(MCA) and the Malaysian Indian Congress(MIC) were all established after world war 11 in or around the year 1946.

It is recorded that in the early days UMNO was afraid of claiming independence of Malaya when their leaders came before the British Officers. At such encounters UMNO leaders would proclaim that they were making their claim of independence for the Malayan people and not just for the Malays.

Onn Jaafar wanted UMNO to open its membership to the non-Malays. When he did not succeed he left UMNO. Tunku Abdul Rahman took over the helm of UMNO. Subsequently together with Tan Cheng Lock of the MCA and V.T. Sambanthan of the MIC, the trio formed the "Alliance" and issued a manifesto stipulating their goals for achieving independence.

They wanted independence by 1959 and required inter alia, a minimum of primary school education for all children, protecting the rights of the Malay rulers as constitutional monarchs, ending the communist emergency and reforming the civil service through the hiring of more Malayans as opposed to the British who were the Lords.

Whilst the British had a structured administrative order all over Malaya, the trio that issued the manifesto on behalf of the Malayan people moved about in the absence of any form of structured social order. Each party had their own individual rational self-interest on behalf of the people they represented. They never had the foresight of Onn Jaafar.

Therefore it would not be presumptuous to imply that each party in the Alliance had to compromise and voluntarily give up some of their self-interest to project a united stand to demonstrate to the British the benefits of their political order to enable the Alliance to attain independence from the British.

Ghandi in India attained independence from the British by the process of passive resistance. The communist insurgency was in play in Malaya and there was a state of emergency in force. The Alliance did not have the where whittle to stage a rebellion. Hence the Alliance who had no political authority must have envisioned that under the prevailing circumstances as they were free men it would be in the interest of the people they represent to establish a political community.

It must have been that through this process, that they bargained, compromised and ultimately gained civil rights for their respective communities and in return they must have come to some form of agreement which was to subject them to the established codes of the prevailing civil laws and to ultimately attain their political authority.

By this process the Alliance was able to establish and demonstrate to the British that there will be in place a civil society premised on which the Alliance would have political authority. That is what is known as the social contract which was determined by our fore fathers which ultimately resulted in the British following the terms embedded in the social contract and drawing up our Federal Constitution.

From 31st. August 1959 up to 13th. May 1969 the Tunku followed the Westminster-style of the Parliamentary system. Then Najib's father Razak, Ghazali Shafie, Mahathir and Harun ousted Tunku and declared that the Westminster-style of Parliamentary system was inappropriate for Malaysia. This is when the seeds of disorder had been sowed and set in motion.

Razak succeeded Tunku in 1970 and established the New Economic Policy(NEP). By this time Mahathir had written his book, "The Malay Dilemma" which was on the "special rights" of the Malays. During this period or sometime in 1973 the MCA faced an internal crisis when Lim Keng Yaik left and joined the Gerakan.

Then in 1980 Mahathir became the Prime Minister and in 1984 he clipped the wings of the Sultans. Mahathir acted unilaterally without consulting the other component parties under the Barisan National(BN). In 1988 Mahathir sacked the Lord President of the Supreme Court. At about the same time Harun Hashim a High Court Judge declared UMNO as an unlawful society.

During Mahathir era even though he had registered in Singapore for his medical degree course as an Indian, this pseudo Malay charted policies which even the Malays would never have dreamed about. All government institutions and universities had almost 90% of all top positions held by 88% of  mediocre personalities. It was during this time when the Biro Tata Negara(BTN) was introduced.

The rights of the Non-Malays under the Federal Constitution was torn up and subject to destructive analysis. The civil service is now 90% of Malay origin. The centers of learning have been turned into institutions of indoctrination for brainwashing the students a majority of whom are Malays, a privilege of the apartheid policy. They have created a culture of hate and that the Chinese and the Indians are out to topple the Malay government, whilst they are immigrants.

Apart from the Chinese being branded as the Jews of the East the Holy Trinity of the Christians are mocked at as the Head and Shoulder shampoo as 3 in 1.

After the Selangor State Government banned it civil servants and students from attending any courses organized by the BTN the federal government announced that everything carried out by the BTN was to instill patriotism and was in order.

Now after more and more revelations are being made in the alternate media where those who attended such courses have suggested that the cabinet ministers should bring back their children who are studying overseas and let them have a taste of what BTN does, Muhyiddin Yassin the incompetent deputy prime minister has announced that the government is now going to revamp the syllabus of the BTN course.

The question that is on the mind of all right thinking people is, "If something is not broken, why fix it." This clearly shows how low the BN government would go to stay in power.

The BN government has failed to realize that they are dealing with a new breed of intelligent youths. They can operate on their own. They can work and use their mental faculties separately and independently. And they can think in a purely theoretical and speculative manner and ask questions on actions taken by the government and argue quite convincingly as to why it should be set aside.

It appears that the government is now in a confused medley endeavouring to comprehend the peoples,  philosophy, thought and demonstrated knowledge on the alternate media. The time for the BN's demise is drawing near.


Who Really Gives a Bad Name to Islam?

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 02:22 AM PST


I mean, seriously people…

Which of the below do you think really gives Islam a bad name and makes nonMuslims think it is a religion of violence, deathness and hatefestivities?

and

————OR————

and

???????????

Answer that, and then focus your debating/persuading (and bashing, insults and trolling) that 'Islam = peace' in that direction.

(Not that I don't thoroughly enjoy smacking you trolls around.)

See also related arguments.


Breaking News: Balai Ringin Pantu NCR Sold $25 Million, Tan Tian Siang $25 Million Richer, Poor Dayak Native Land Owners Living in the Dark….

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 04:38 AM PST

02122009419According to New Straits times today, Plantation Group Kim Leong Resources Bhd plans to buy 60% stake  in Sarawak Tetangga Akrab Pelita (pantu) Sdn Bhd for 25 Million.  Native Customary Right Land is now for sale in Bursa Malaysia?  Any comment?


The Lies of Global Warming

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 04:09 AM PST


It's all about Carbon Tax … leading ultimately to the carbon dioxide that we exhale being taxable! Now, that's the ultimate control the perpetrators of this lie can have over any individual when they become successful.

Think about it.

Don't just get mad. Get even.

(Will post pt2 and pt3 when i find them)

Meet one of the perpetrators …

Al Gore sued for fraud …

Tagged: Global Warming a Lie


Burning Photos of Politicians is Not Asian Culture

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 01:38 AM PST


From The Star 2 Dec 2009:

MPs: Stepping on photos of people not Asian culture

KUALA LUMPUR: Members of Parliament from PKR have turned on their Pakatan Rakyat partners DAP, condemning their act of stepping on photographs of politicians. They also hit out at the act of burning photographs of politicians.

"This is not what Asian culture is all about. For the Malays, even when you touch someone's head, it is considered rude, what more stepping on pictures of their faces," said Bayan Baru MP Datuk Zahrain Mohd Hashim.

On Sunday, the Perak DAP an­­nual convention in Ipoh saw its members walking over a large poster of three elected representatives which was laid like a big doormat at the entrance of a hall.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, however, avoided stepping on the poster which featured the images of former party comrade Hee Yit Foong; and former PKR members Mohd Osman Jailu and Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi.

On Monday, a poster of Lim was stepped on and burned during a demonstration by Penang Barisan Nasional Youth in George Town.

At the Parliament lobby yesterday, nine MPs from PKR including Zahrain held a press conference to condemn the behaviour.

"This is also a bad influence on the younger generation,'' said Zah­rain, adding that the such and act was childish, uncivilised and reflected ill-breeding.

Tell that to these guys:

  • Malaysian Muslims burn Bush effigy during protest against prophet cartoons – About 3,000 Muslims burned an effigy of U.S. President George W. Bush and called for an international boycott of Danish products Friday to protest the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, officials said.
  • Gaza Under Siege: Malaysia condemns Israeli atrocities – The protesters, under the banner of Coalition of Malaysian NGOs Against Persecution of Palestinians (Complete) carried the effigies of US President George W. Bush and Israeli President Shimon Peres. The crowd, which earlier burnt some effigies and Israeli flags on their way to the embassy, did the same again after the handover. In Kota Baru, Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat launched a fund for the Gaza people, before setting alight posters of Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
  • Signs of a growing antiwar movement in Malaysia – On March 21, an antiwar protest of 7,000 took place in the northeastern state of Kelatan, where PAS controls the state government. Demonstrators burnt effigies of Bush and Blair and chanted "Destroy Bush" and "Long Live Islam".

See? I don't just point out UMNOpocrisy. I'm neutral, fair and objective about bashing ANY double-faced idiocy.

However, see also another 'not so-and-so culture' remark for comparison.

For the record, the warmongering, Iraqi-babykilling Bush the above guys are protesting saved 750,000 Iraqi lives with his evil imperialist invasion.


US$100 billion squandered?

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 04:45 AM PST

I must say I enjoy the earlier articles of my matey Dean Johns, Malaysiakini columnist par excellent, more than his recent ones.

He was then cheeky and humorous. Nowadays I observe he's strident, impatient and angry in his writing, basically pretty pissed off with the nefarious conduct of the BN-led authorities … their pilfering, plundering and subversion of the judiciary and law enforcement agencies, including that so-called anti-corruption bullsh*t.

Thus today, I was immensely delighted to detect a glimpse of his old self amidst his outrage against the usual suspects in
Attack of the killer kleptoids, where he wrote about the BN bandits, as follows:

It's just the tip of the iceberg. Or should I make that 'heistberg'?

and

And now, having skinned the Malaysians alive in every conceivable fashion from financial to spiritual, they've had the hide to introduce a goods and services tax ...

Dean had been delightfully famous for his cheeky play on words, and I am glad to see a wee bit of his old self.

... but not so with his revelation (of economist Daniel Lian of Morgan Stanley Singpore estimates in Time magazine) that over a period of two and a half decades the government had squandered (from the public purse) a staggering US$100 billion – yes, not in local currency but $100 billion in American dollars.


My mind has been gobsmack f*-ed by the virtually unbelievable idea of such squandering, or to use the Penangite word, sng kare huoi.

I believe a karn neen nare is called for.

The breakdown of that squandered sum is as follows:

• Bumiputra Malaysia Finance (BMF) swindle: US$1 billion.
Bank Negara foreign-exchange fiasco: RM20 billion.
• Extra BMF bailouts: US$600 million.
• Perwaja Steel bankruptcy: US$800 million.
• Maminco tin market manipulation: US$500 million.
• Bank Islam non-performing loans scam: RM2.2 billion.
Highway concessionaire bailouts: RM38.5 billion.
• Mirzan Mahathir's MISC rescue: RM600 million.
Port Klang Free Zone scandal: RM12 billion.

The above red-highlighted three have really shaken me up badly. That's a Godzilla-ish RM70+ billion.

I believe another karn neen nare is called for.

Was Anwar as the UMNO Finance Minister involved in the Bank Negara foreign exchange fiasco? Can someone enlighten me?

And the causes for the last two?

Crass crony corruption!

karn neen nare.


马华中委会议决展延代表大会

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 01:28 AM PST

马华署理总会长蔡细历宣布,今日中委会会议一致同意,展延原定於本周六召开的年度代表大会,并且设立一个以他为首的特别委员会,在两周之内探讨重选的日期和方式。 www.malaysiakini.com ... 蔡细历MCA chua soi lek malaysiakini
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My First Night Home as a Widow

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 01:49 AM PST


By Julie Cornewell

Part One
I didn't want to come home. My mother-in-law told me that my children and I were welcome to stay as long as we wanted, but in my heart and soul I knew it was time to go. All the out-of-town relatives had returned to their hometowns. Scott's funeral was over and everyone else went back to their normal lives. As I packed my four children in the one van that we had left, I thought about how it wasn't fair that everyone else got to return to normal. My life would never be normal again.

As I pulled into the driveway of our family home, my mind went back to the day when Scott and I first looked at the house. It had just been posted in the online ads that morning. Scott found it accidently when he went to check the address of a house we had an appointment to look at. That had been less than four months before his auto accident. Through my windshield I could see the basketball hoop and two-car garage. When it came to buying our home that was two requirements that he had. My dream of watching him shoot hoops with our children was gone. So was the dream of having his and hers cars parked in the garage.

I unlocked the front door with my key not knowing what I would feel. When I opened our front door I felt both comfort and despair rush over me. Scott was gone but it was still home. Before settling I walked through the house to see if there were any immediate painful reminders. On the coffee table was the case to the movie we had watched the night before he died. He had some dirty clothes in the laundry. His notebooks where he had been working on a new song laid on the nightstand. His guitars were in the corner of the bedroom. He had a small section of clothes in the closet and a few drawers. I marveled at how little belongings my husband had actually had.

I then sat down on our bed. Correction. It was no longer our bed but my bed. I stood up immediately. The one thing I knew I could not do on that first night was sleep in the bed. It would be a week before I slept in the bed and over a year before I stopped sleeping on the right side.

I walked back into the kitchen and stood there. What next? Do I go in the living room and watch my favorite television show? Do I sit down and finish reading the novel I had started the week before? I needed to go on with my life but I didn't know how to start. It was then that my daughter yelled to me that she couldn't find a clean pair of jeans. I told her I would wash her some and started the laundry.

My life as a widow had begun.

Part Two
Today would have been Scott's thirty-third birthday and I still sometimes feel as clueless about going on with my life as I did almost two years ago. I considered selling the house for some time, but felt that living in it was a memorial to Scott. The house provides me with shelter and comfort. It was Scott who made it possible for us to buy the house, so I view it as an extension of him. He can no longer take care of me but the house he had bought for us will continue to do so. Thinking this way has made it easier to continue living here.

It's still hard for me to believe that he lived less than four months in this house. It's even harder to believe he's gone when he still receives mail or gets a phone call from a telemarketer. I still have all the utilities in his name. I feel that if I put them in mine, I will be erasing him.

I have changed many parts of the rooms in the house, making them mine. He would have never approved the pink girlish bedding that I have on the bed. He didn't want to have a dog and I have a wonderful little terrier mix. I can do whatever I want with my house. He gazes down at me from pictures, but the house is no longer ours. It is mine. It was his gift to me. Read more here:


Congratulations! Tuan Haji Karim Sulaiman

Posted: 01 Dec 2009 11:52 PM PST

Pix above is Aki Momogun babies sitting Sdr Karim' sons at Hyde Park, London. One of them must be Khair.

Congratulations to Tuan Haji Karim Sulaiman and wife Hajah Siti Hawa and their son Khir. The story from HERE tells their story.
Sdr Karim was Berita Harian correspondent in London at the same time I was with Times of Malaysia London Limited (1997-98). I was staying a floor below them at 31 & 32 Chapel Side, Moscow Road, Bayswater, London W2 4LL.

From Ahmad Kamil Tahir

MECCA, Dec 1 (Bernama) -- Karim Sulaiman's prayers were answered when he successfully completed the haj.

For the former Berita Harian editor, this was no ordinary feat.

He is suffering from scleromyxedema, a rare disease which causes skin to become thick and hard.

The chronic connective tissue disorder which makes moving affected areas difficult, did not break the man's spirit.

He managed to perform the rites of the haj, such as the wukuf in Arafah, tawaf, saei and tahalul, as well as stoning the Jamrah in Mina.

These were made possible with continuous help from his wife, Siti Hawa Mohd Arif, and their fifth child, Khair Naqib, 13, who came along on the pilgrimage.

When met by the Tabung Haji media team, Siti Hawa said the relaxed Islamic regulations for disabled persons performing the haj was of great assistance t the group, including her husband.

"For the tawaf ritual, we pushed Karim on a wheelchair on the second floor of the Masjidil Haram which has tracks for wheelchair-bound pilgrims and this was also done for the saei, whereby wheelchair tracks are provided between Safa and Marwah," she said.

Siti Hawa said she had been worried about her husband's health, especially during the wukuf in Arafah, with its sweltering temperatures, but she was grateful that everything went smoothly.

She added that Khair Naqib was of great help in attending to his father as regulations required male and female pilgrims to live separately, during the duration of their stay in the Holy Land.

Asked about his prayer in front of the Kaabah, Karim said he had asked that his skin disease be healed.

He also advised Muslims to complete the fifth fundamental Muslim practice (performing the haj) while they were healthy and able.

Karim and his family will return to Malaysia on Dec 27.

-- BERNAMA


DAP Voon-”Time’s Up on N11″

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 01:46 AM PST


According to our sources there are speculations that DAP Assemblyman would not be picked to stand as the DAP preferred candidate for this incoming State elections. He is also considered as a loner and is deprived of information on DAP state matters. Are this back biting ssufficient for DAP to drop him out of reckoning? Are they more pressing matters?

Could his so called "racial "overtones at the recent DUN sitting  be the final nail for the DAP hierarchy to stop him from going for a second term? There are more questions than answers and as far as the recent spat with the Backbenchers Chairman is concerned we would be hearing more of it as time develops. We learnt this all from some reliable veteran observers and they say the Back biting is getting serious as far as YB Voon is concerned.

Back biting in a politcal party as we know is very damaging.It can be used by certain quarters as part of their scheme to secure political positions or steer their way into positions as favoured candidates. The members in the party will dictate the status quo of the the day and it seems Voon will be the FALL GUY.

 He is facing his toughest battle not only internally in DAP but also against outside forces of the Police Report and the allegations of criminal intimidation and the various smses which are already in the hands of the Police. A date in court will do him more harm than good and if the case is not in his favour he will have to relinquish his position. {The tasty bits of information we will reveal later as it might jeorpadise the  police investigations}

No doubt this back biting did not stem from outside forces but usually it starts from a close insider source. The pursuit of such an opportunity for the DAP aspiring candidate will ensure that his dream of taking the coveted chair away from Voon is done and in doing so it is a convenient TOOL to achieve the preferred goal.

This unholy way many have succeeded and Voon should just look over his shoulder as the messages that is being spread now will reach a wide influence and impact and it may even shape the public opinion though DAP Voon might  gain public sympathy through his stand at the recent DUN.

All though is not too well for Voon and he knows what is coming and he is trying to change the rising tide towards his nose. The wizards of back biting will see this as the greatest opportune time to PUSH THE DAGGER in towards Voons chest and it is up to him to come out fighting. Will he be able to cop this time round?

 It seems that mosts polltical analysts points Voon to losing the battle this time round BUT as alwys there might just be some HOPE if he quietly goes off in the sunset…..   

Voon faces his toughest battle just yet and it has not been a good November for him……………


Balai Ringin Ubah Pantu news: Farmer Cash Crop banana Destroyed by Pelita Tan Tiang Siang Tetangga Akrab Pantu, Dayak BN Ybs still Sleeping?

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 01:26 AM PST

Bala Nyumbuh Taib diatu nyau Ngrusak Pisang Rakyat enda te anti ka Pisang Mansau…. A police report was made against Pelita Tan Tiang Siang, Tetangga Arkrab Pantu for destroying local Farmer cash Crop, banana. About 90 plants were distroyed, cut into pieces. If natives destroyed Companies Crop, these natives would be arrested or even Jailed. Look how these Pelita and Johorean Tan Tian Siang victimized local Farmer.  Any coment?


Penang's disgruntled voters upset with the Penang DAP State Government

Posted: 01 Dec 2009 11:45 PM PST





Looks like another case of 'washing off their hands' after promising the voters that the DAP leaders were willing to lay down their life's for the villagers of Kampong Buah Pala, Bukit Gelugor, Penang as promised before by the DAP MP there?

Look at the body language of the DAP representative who shrugs off the appeals of the now displaced poor Indian villagers of Kampong Buah Pala whose homes have been razed and demolished to make way for the luxurious condominium project there!

Aiyaa..annen! Sariyapocchi!

Gone case!


Its too late for the Penang Kg Buah Pala Indians to ask Guan Eng to 'Balik Melaka!'

The Malays have a saying,"Ayam terlepas ; tangan berbau tahi!"

Its the same old story here bro...politicians will twist and turn, promise you the skies and the heavens before they get what they wished for?

Once power changes into their hands, this is what you get!

Betrayals after betrayals! Makkal Sakthi???

Yeah right!

I don't know whether there will be any self immolation threats coming from any Kg Melayu Tanjong Tokong villagers due to the fact that the majority of them living there since the early 1700's are Malays and Muslims?

Here is one Kg Buah Pala resident Madam K Indrani, 60, threatening to torch herself but still lost her home!


Undilah Pakatan Rakyat!

After Kampong Buah Pala, there is another 200 years old kampong facing demolition in Penang under the current new DAP State Government.

This time around it is the Kampong Melayu Tanjung Tokong.

Read here to learn more in depth details about this historic original Malay fishing village which is also going to face the bulldozers ala the now demolished Kampong Buah Pala!

Watch this video and learn about what's happening over there?


Unless a miracle takes place, I don't see these poor villagers escaping the same fate as what Kg Buah Pala suffered?


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Bitter Swiss Chocolates?

Posted: 01 Dec 2009 11:28 PM PST

In a rather drastic referendum, the voters of Switzerland recently passed a measure to ban the building of new minarets. In response, there has been no shortage of condemnation of this development from various quarters across Europe and elsewhere. It is of course surprising to many advocates of pluralism and religious tolerance that a nation so steeped in the values of tolerance and its unique approach to neutral internationalism has embarked on an undertaking so seemingly contrary to its traditions.

Mind you, I don't intend here to indulge in the obvious (and I think pedantic and shallow) rhetoric of condemning the Swiss. Instead, I couldn't help but be struck by the chorus of condemnation that flowed out of some of the most religiously intolerant nations. Specifically, to read that Indonesia, Pakistan, and Egypt, among others were lashing out at the Swiss for their apparent religious intolerance was difficult for me to swallow. In case you need reminding, these are also countries where religious minorities – be they Christians, Hindus or others – are – and have been for decades - systematically persecuted and blatantly discriminated against.

As a case in point, Pakistan – since its formation – has been engaged in policy of marginalising Hindus and Christians. Hindu temples have been repeated come under attack, denied permits for renewal and upgrading, and left to deteriorate in disrepair and neglect.

The situation is no less suffocating for religious minorities in countries such as Egypt, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and in other parts of the Muslim world. I always thought that one should be careful about stoning others especially when one is personally living in a glass house.

Whatever the basis and motivations – real or imagined – behind the action of the Swiss voters, it is also time for many of these same Pakistanis, Egyptians and others to appreciate that respect is earned. Without mutual respect, co-existence becomes hollow. It's really not that complicated.

But never mind the passions involved; I have a strange feeling that even without new minarets appearing in the Swiss landscape, a not insignificant number of Pakistanis, Egyptians, and Indonesians will still be just as fond of Swiss watches and chocolates, while the super rich in these countries will be vacationing in Swiss resorts and protecting their loot in Swiss banks.

G. Krishnan


Demi segenggam tanah Melayu, ia bersuara!

Posted: 01 Dec 2009 10:25 PM PST


Seorang Melayu bangun bersuara mempertahankan tanah bumi pusaka warisan bangsa dari dicerobohi petualang yang sanggup menggolok gadaikan tanah pusaka demi harta dunia!

Walau bahasanya kasar bersulam caci maki, ianya simbol semangat mempertahankan hak bumi tercinta dari terus hilang sedikit demi sedikit angkara para pengkhianat durjana yang sanggup menjual negeri dan negara ini untuk uang!

Saksikan kehebatan semangat beliau.

Apa masih ada orang orang Melayu serupa ini lagi diseluruh pelusuk Nusantara?


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Hishammuddin follows his predecessor by issuing stupid statement!

Posted: 01 Dec 2009 06:44 PM PST

Got this from Loyar Burok!
A the statement by Home Minister Hishammuddin shows that he is not any smarter than Syed Hamid Alba.

I think any person who takes on this Home Ministry post becomes obtuse or a little daft?

Wasn't it this Ministry which was helmed by a person claiming that some individuals were arrested under the ISA, for their own safety?

Now of course we see the news where Hishammuddin suggests that the primary reason we are all feeling unsafe in this country is because we have demonised the Police force.

How can that be logical? Even if it is accurate, are we saying that in spite of being paid with our taxes; the Police choose not to solve crimes, because the people around�them, don't like them?

Perhaps Hishammuddin needs the SB to be on his side? Perhaps he wants to curry favour with the IGP? We will never know, but whatever his reason for saying what he said, it only makes him look more obtuse than ever.

The main problem, Mr Minister, is that the Police force is corrupt. Corruption has blinded their conscience, and this has led to the breakdown of security services in Malaysia. How many times have we heard of close friends informing us of their 'horror' stories with the Police.

How many times have we read about corruption in the force. This issue has been ventilated so much, but very little is done to arrest the big boys in PDRM. Whenever there is an arrest by MACC of Police officers, it is always some low-ranking officer, a sergeant or corporal.

Even when they DO arrest the big boys in PDRM, the chappies get off at trial due to poor investigations by MACC or poor prosecution.

I can tell you what the problem is, Mr Minister – and that is having people like you in Government, people who allow the perpetuation of corruption in our system. Take people like you out of the system, and perhaps 50% of the problem will go away.

Once we rid this country of people like you, then the system should next purge all the corrupt in the civil service.

Till then, as a law-abiding citizen and a tax-payer, I would try my very best, to learn to love the Police, again.


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